How to Make Mixed Berry Shrub

Published on: May 24, 2023 | Reading Time: 1 Minutes

Making a shrub is an easy and delicious way to add a unique flavor boost to your favorite drinks. A shrub, also known as drinking vinegar, is essentially a fruit-infused vinegar syrup that can be used in cocktails or mocktails alike. It’s incredibly simple to make at home with just three ingredients: fresh berries, sugar, and vinegar. The combination of sweet and tart makes this concoction ideal for creating refreshing summer beverages like spritzers or slushies. In addition to its culinary uses, shrubs are packed with antioxidants from the berries which can help promote good health! With just 15 minutes of effort and some basic kitchen supplies you can have homemade shrub ready in no time – so let's get started!

How to Make Mixed Berry Shrub

Step 1

Gather your mixed berries and lightly mash them together in a bowl with a muddle. Transfer to a jar or sealed container, and then add in your sugar and stir to combine. Seal the container and let it sit at room temperature for about a day. To tell if it's ready, shake your container a couple of times; the berries should be very soft and falling apart, and the sugar should be mostly dissolved.

Step 2

Remove your new fruit mixture from your container and strain through a fine-mesh colander into a bowl and add any undissolved sugar that is leftover in the jar. If you want to have a very fine syrup, line your colander with cheesecloth. Discard your fruit once finished straining.

Step 3

Next, add your vinegar of choice. You can adjust the shrub by adding in more sugar or vinegar to your liking. Shrubs typically are a good balance of both, but note it should have a hard-punching taste as it is intended to be mixed and watered down in a beverage.

Step 4

Time to get creative! Shrubs can be enjoyed in a variety of different ways but our favorite requires 2 Tbsp of your shrub syrup poured over a glass with ice, and then top with sparkling water. Garnish with some berries of your choice and enjoy!


  • 6 oz. Mixed Berries (any berry you can think of; raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc.)
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar (Dealer's choice! Some common vinegars to choose from are red wine, white wine, apple cider, or white balsamic)

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